My everyday prayer and goal is to be rejoicing when evening comes. (Also my favourite part of the song ’10,000 reasons’ by ‘casting crowns’. Last week I failed miserably on this. My day started so well, I had all the reasons to be happy. I made my prayer and stepped out, only to be bruised and hurt by a stranger’s comment. Well, let’s just say that I wasn’t rejoicing when evening came. This has happened not once or twice but many times.
This morning I made the same prayer but with a twist; ‘ when rejoicing seems to be fading away, Lord lead me to a rock that is higher than I’ I am tired of setting evening goals yet I have the whole day to sing and rejoice. So my focus is not to be found rejoicing in the evening, but throughout the day. That is the definition of ‘always’ as stipulated in Philippians 4:4 ‘Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice’
What is your rejoicing goal? Do you pray that you be found rejoicing at a specific timer or in the presence of specific people or at all times? It is very possible to be miserable all day but rejoice in the evening just to meet a target. It is also very possible to rejoice even in misery. To me, that is true joy, that no matter the time of the day or the day of the week, we are filled with the joy of the Lord which is our strength: Very hard but possible through Christ.
Today I pray for you whose heart is overwhelmed and sad, that God will lead you to a rock that is higher than yourself. For you whose joy gets distracted easily, that God will cause you to fix your eyes on Him, where true joy comes from. For you whose life situations have drained you of your joy, may the Lord create in you a clean heart, renew the right spirit within you and give you joy. May your joy be full always.